Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, health care, identity, TEDMED 2014, 2014
Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body's natural desire to heal itself. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, science, 2004
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medicine, TED2012, 2012
Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal -- until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, storytelling, TEDxKC, 2012
The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, design, health care, law, TED2010, 2010
You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? At TEDxMaastricht, Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMaastricht, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2011
Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy -- until at 10 days old, they discovered he'd had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be "normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears -- and how they turned them arou Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, health care, parenting, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, TEDSalon NY2014, 2014
When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (<em>Filmed at TED@Intel</em>) Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, health care, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her... Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, mental health, TED2013, 2013
Laparoscopic surgery uses minimally invasive incisions -- which means less pain and shorter recovery times for patients. But Steven Schwaitzberg has run into two problems teaching these techniques to surgeons around the world -- language and distance. He shares how a new technology, which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator, could help. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medicine, technology, TEDxBeaconStreet, 2012
At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMaastricht, TED, Talks, design, health care, science, technology, 2011
Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down -- like a radio dial or thermostat -- to correct dysfunction. A dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson's instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's are brought back to life. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geo-medicine." Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2009
Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, health, health care, medicine, poverty, social change,...
In this accessible talk from TEDxBoston, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (and insurance, and politics) upside down. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBoston 2011, TED, Talks, DNA, biotech, health care, science, technology, 2011
When Allison Hunt found out that she needed a new hip -- and that Canada’s national health care system would require her to spend nearly 2 years on a waiting list (and in pain) -- she took matters into her own hands. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, culture, health care, marketing, medicine, short talk, 2007
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, communication, culture, health, health care, medicine, science, TEDGlobal...
Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine -- a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, cancer, design, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2006
Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together -- and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death -- to match the ones we have in life. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, death, health care, life, TEDMED 2013, 2013
At TEDMED, Eric Dishman makes a bold argument: The US health care system is like computing circa 1959, tethered to big, unwieldy central systems: hospitals, doctors, nursing homes. As our aging population booms, it's imperative, he says, to create personal, networked, home-based health care for all. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, business, health, health care, science, technology, 2009
Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, health care, product design, TEDxBoston 2012, 2012
Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, aging, genetics, health, health care, medicine, science, short talk,...
Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a... Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, brain, communication, health, health care, mind, speech, TEDxKC, 2015
What if you're in surgery and the power goes out? No lights, no oxygen -- and your anesthesia stops flowing. It happens constantly in hospitals throughout the world, turning routine procedures into tragedies. Erica Frenkel demos one solution: the universal anesthesia machine. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidAtlantic, TED, Talks, design, global issues, health care, poverty, technology, 2011
Big problems need big solutions, sparked by big ideas, imagination and audacity. In this talk, journalist Gail Reed profiles one big solution worth noting: Havana’s Latin American Medical School, which trains global physicians to serve the local communities that need them most. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, global, health care, public health, TEDMED 2014, 2014
Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2011, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, medicine, science, technology,...
For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medical research, medicine, science, TED2015, 2015
Calling them "our bodies' own repair kits," Susan Solomon advocates research using lab-grown stem cells. By growing individual pluripotent stem cell lines, her team creates testbeds that could accelerate research into curing diseases -- and perhaps lead to individualized treatment, targeted not just to a particular disease but a particular person. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, medical research, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, business, health care, medicine, morality, TEDMED 2014, 2014
Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness -- when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, health care, medical research, medicine, science,...
Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky warns that we’re suffering from an epidemic of preposterous preconditions -- pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, and many more. In this engaging talk from TEDMED he shows how health care can find a solution... by taking an important lesson from baseball. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, health, health care, medicine, science, TEDMED 2012, 2012
Armed with bracing logic, wit and her public-health nerd glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations -- from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia -- demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, global issues, health, health care, sex, TED2010, 2010
We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain, and reviews the facts we're just learning about how it works and how to treat it. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health, health care, pain, science, TED2011, 2011
Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, health care, illness, illusion, medicine, science, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.) Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, illness, medicine, virus, TEDxRiodelaPlata, 2014
When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. One rectified diagnosis and a transplant later, Dishman puts his personal experience and his expertise as a leading medical tech specialist together to suggest some bold ideas for reinventing healthcare -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team. (Filmed at TED@Intel) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health care, technology, TED@Intel, 2013
In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease -- with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, global issues, health care, poverty, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, aging, biotech, disease, engineering, future, health care,...
Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, fish, health care, science, war, TED2010, 2010
Dr. Ernest Madu runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, where he proves that -- with careful design, smart technical choices, and a true desire to serve -- it's possible to offer world-class healthcare in the developing world. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, development, global issues, health, health...
Tod Machover of MIT's Media Lab is devoted to extending musical expression to everyone, from virtuosos to amateurs, and in the most diverse forms, from opera to video games. He and composer Dan Ellsey shed light on what's next. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, demo, design, entertainment, health care, live music, music,...
Too often, says David Agus cancer treatments have a short-sighted focus on individual cells. He suggests a new, cross-disciplinary approach, using atypical drugs, computer modeling and protein analysis to diagnose and treat the whole body. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, cancer, health, health care, medicine, technology, 2009
As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs -- many on foot -- ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone app and a fleet of “ambucycles” to help nearby patients until an ambulance arrives. With an average response time of 3 minutes, last year, they treated 207,000 people in Israel. And the idea... Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, medicine, peace, TEDMED 2013, 2013
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, death, global issues, health, health care, life, medicine, TED2015, 2015
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, TED Prize, business, disease, health care, invention, medicine,...
Onstage at TED2012, Jack Choi demonstrates a powerful tool for training medical students: a stretcher-sized multi-touch screen of the human body that lets you explore, dissect and understand the body's parts and systems. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, education, health care, interface design, medical research, technology,...
Contraception. The topic has become controversial in recent years. But should it be? Melinda Gates believes that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women are able to control their rate of having kids. In this significant talk, she makes the case for the world to re-examine an issue she intends to lend her voice to for the next decade. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, health care, population, TEDxChange, 2012
A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could re-awaken the neural pathways and help the body learn again to move on its own. See how it works, as a paralyzed rat becomes able to run and navigate stairs. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, biotech, health care, neuroscience, science, technology, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
For most of the past century, drugs approved and released to market have been tested only on male patients, leading to improper dosing and unacceptable side effects for women. The important physiological differences between men and women have only recently been taken into consideration in medical research. Emergency doctor Alyson McGregor studies these differences, and in this fascinating talk she discusses the history behind how the male model became our framework for medical research and how... Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, disease, health, health care, medical research, medicine, women,...